Julian Stair

This series of work explores the interface between architecture, the transient movement of pots and the stasis of display. As a picture frame aids the creation of pictorial space, the slab built grounds articulate three-dimensional space around the pots accentuating volume and nuances of form.

A palette of oppositional colours and materials consisting of porcelain, basalt, stoneware and Etruria Marls creates a play between individual forms and further enhances the relationship between pots and grounds.

Born 1955, Bristol, UK

2002 PhD, Royal College of Art, London
Critical Writing on English Studio Pottery :
1910 - 1940
1978 -81 MA Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London
1974-78 BA Ceramics, Camberwell College, University of the Arts, London

2004 European Achievement Award 2004, World Crafts Council
2004 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship
2003 Finalist, World Ceramic Exposition, Seoul, Korea
1998 British Council Grant to Artist (exhibition in USA)
1997 London Arts Board Grant to Artist

Solo Exhibitions
2006  Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
Terra Keramik, Delft, Netherlands
2004 Collect, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (juried individual exhibitor)
2002 Egg, London
2001 Contemporary Applied Arts, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 ‘Collect’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
‘Contemporary Collections’, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
‘After Life’, The Manchester Museum, Egyptian Galleries
2006 ‘Collecting Contemporary Ceramics’, The Gallery, Rhuthun, Wales
‘Collect’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
‘To Hold’, Farmleigh House Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2005 ‘Modern Pots’, Dulwich Picture Gallery
‘Collect’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 
‘Functional Form Now’, Galerie Besson, London
‘Celebrating 30 Years’, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A, London
‘Table Manners”, Crafts Council, London 
‘Meister der Moderne’, Munich, Germany

Public Collections
2006 University of Wales, Aberystwyth  
2006 Gallery Oldham
2005 York City Art Gallery
2004 National Museum of Wales (1 work, 1 group)
2004 Paisley Museum (1 work purchased with National Art Collections Fund)
2004 Rhode Island School of Design Museum, U.S.A (group




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